Hi and bye to GPRS

I have subscribed to Yahoo’s SMS Alert service to receive SMS on emails sent from my servers or datacenter…this costs me Rs. 2 per SMS…I was looking for alternative to this because I spend almost Rs. 300 per month on this i.e. for 150 SMS…it is proving to be very costly affair…I saw a new service called Mail on Phone on Hutch’s website…this service costs Rs. 30 per month and gives email address for your mobile phone i.e.

So this is what I wanted…but now the problem was..the information provided on their site was for Gujarat users not Mumbai users…I called up Hutch customer support guys…and from there I got to know that this service is not launched in Mumbai…(Website guys might have put that page by mistake)..okay that’s understood…so the guy told me…the best alternative would be GPRS which is just Rs. 49 per month and in that you will get email alerts too…but the worst part was 10 paisa for 10KB i.e. approx 10 Rs per MB

It was fair enough for me compared to spending Rs. 300 per month on alerts..So next day, I called up customer support and got GPRS activated…I called them up again for GPRS settings and their person from GPRS team told me..with basic GPRS service you won’t get alerts for emails you receive…and to receive alerts you need to subscribe for Advanced GPRS service…and it costs Rs. 499 per month and 50 paisa for 10 KB download..that comes around 50 Rs per MB (WTF?)

So to me, both the services are useless and to be frank I do not think anyone having internet connection at home would use this GPRS service…I think they should rename this service to loot service…50 Rs, per can they even think of charging so much…..

So I would call this Hi and Bye to GPRS..I have asked customer support guy to deactivate my GPRS from next month….


  1. make sure that they do deactivate your GPRS subscription next month, because usually these people don’t.

    and as for robbing the customers blind, well, Hutch is famous for that, & other companies are also not far behind. How else can you justify ISPs etc. offering 128kbps unlimited connections for Rs.1000(+ Tax) per month while in countries like US you can get a 512kbps DSL for about $29/month(about Rs.1200) and in South Korea the speeds go to about 3-4mbps for almost same price!!

  2. GPRS is a joke, joke played on us :evil:. The service and speeds are absolutely pathetic and charges exhorbitant! I have tried it earlier for a month, learned how to make WML pages and then discontinued it. It was only Rs. 49 for unlimited use then. But after using it for some time, I realised that it wasn’t worth even that much 👿

  3. Shwetanshu, the GPRS that Airtel provides is limited to surfing Airtel Live, their own service, for downloading ringtones, wallpapers, games etc!! 😉

  4. Yup I have confirmed that my GPRS will be stopped from next month and if they fail to do so then its their fault 🙂 I am not going to pay single penny for that..


  5. hey ppl..
    do u know how much it would cost to simply surf the net using huth gprs…using hutch access??

  6. I Agree with amit too for this well amit now its 15 MBPS for 39.99 unlimited and for phone its 19.99 Life is much easier here lol not in that way but we all love india …..

  7. is there ne one know that free surfing setting f ne gsm network, who can provide all sites.

  8. Well, GPRS has improved a bit in last few months or so. Idea & MTNL have come out with their unlimited usage plans which cost a flat Rs.300 per month!! Airtel & Hutch still doesn’t have unlimited usage plans but with Vodafone taking over Hutch, things are sure expected to improve in the Hutch camp! 🙂

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